Of Princes & Ballgowns & Beautiful Ryder Cup Birdies

Team USA

Team Europe

They wore plumage of fine silk and frothy taffeta... in midnight black, icy white or one of several jewel tones.  

The inelegant acronym that's so often used to describe them was forgotten, at least for this one night. 

There were no WAGs at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium for the Ryder Cup's official function opening on Tuesday evening.  The wives and girlfriends were allowed, for this single enchanted soiree,  to simply be glamorous women... to be individuals and wear distinctive gowns of their won choosing.

Also present at the gala get-together was Prince Charles, heir apparent to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms, and an outspoken advocate for architecture (including... one might presume... golf course architecture) and for the conservation of historic buildings.

The golf action gets underway tomorrow, at which point the elegant European and American birdies will presumably fade into the background, dress in identical understatedly practical outfits and yield center stage to their talented husbands.   

However at the festive opening function the women were clearly the stars.

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